Are you stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life? Do you get confused when it comes to Lycra shorts, multi-tools and silicone gel socks? For many people, finding the perfect cycling gift can seem a daunting prospect. The choice is endless, from the latest Pro team jerseys to state-of-the-art intelligent lights, Co2 powered pumps and coil-sprung mudguards.
But fear not, with Christmas just around the corner, See.Sense has taken the stress out of your search by coming up with 16 great present ideas. From road racers to tech geeks, from commuters to absolute beginners, this is the only list you will need. So saddle up and take a look at what we believe are some of this year’s top cycling gifts for that special person in your life.
1. GoPro HERO5 (£349.99 from www.gopro.com ) - This has to be one of the hottest gadgets around at the minute. With stunning image quality and intuitive interface, the GoPro HERO5 is a serious piece of kit. It has GPS, voice commands and is fully waterproof. There’s not much not to like with this. Hours of fun and a lifetime of memories can be had with this.
2. Plume Mudguard (£28 from www.plumemudguard.com ) - Looking for a mudguard oozing panache and style? The Plume Mudguard coils back under your saddle when not in use. And when the rain comes down just roll it out and continue on your way. The Plume Mudguard is designed to slide onto standard seat posts with no need for extra tools, shims or screws.
3.Tadáias Sliabh Gilet (£86/100 Euro from www.tadaias.cc ) - Weighing in at just 95g, this gilet from County Donegal company Tadaias is light and durable without compromising on comfort. The stylish design will make you stand out from the crowd, while keeping you dry during those winter rides. With a high neck and dropped tail, the gilet has enough room to accommodate those thicker, warmer layers underneath.
4. Galibier Barrier 3 winter gloves (£23.34 from Galibier ) - The Barrier is Galibier’s pro-level winter glove which has proved a favourite with cycling fans. Galibier’s aim is for cyclists to have warm fingers in the harshest of winters, promoting warmth and comfort during those long rides. The Barrier glove is multi-layered with a soft, fleece lining. The outside boasts a HiPora membrane that waterproofs the glove. Insulation comes courtesy of 100g internal glove and from the cuff, while the outer is a hard-wearing synthetic fabric.
5. DT Swiss R24 Spline Wheelset (£99.99 from Chain Reaction Cycles ) - The R24 Spline Wheelset can cope with all weather conditions and would be ideal for training rides or as a winter wheel setup. It features aluminium, tubeless ready rims and is extremely strong and durable. A high-end build with quality spokes and alloy nipples. A premium training wheel that would suit Road of Cyclo X use.
6. Zwift online trainer (Available on monthly subscription of £8/$10 from www.zwift.com ) - How would you like to cycle against other riders across the world in a virtual landscape? With Zwift you can do just that. With a good internet connection, a smart trainer and smartphone, tablet or computer, you can pit your wits against rivals with this video game. Your pedal power sends your personalised avatar around various courses. If you have a smart trainer, this game will control the resistance — if you are ascending a climb it gets harder. There are also Workouts to enjoy, and you can pick specific training sessions. If the harsh winter weather is keeping you indoors, you now have no excuse to get on your bike.
7. Chimpeur Road Gruppo/Hill Repeats Cycling Socks (£74/£10 from Victory Chimp ) - Something at both ends of your Christmas budget from Victory Chimp. The Northern Irish company is the brainchild of Ryan O’Reilly, a bike-riding designer and illustrator.. The Chimpeur Road Gruppo includes a jersey, a Chimpeur Cap, Hill Repeats Socks, Hairo Ass Saver mudguard and free stickers and badge. If you just want to opt for the Hill Repeat Socks you can get the as a stocking filler for a tenner.
8. KICKR SNAP (£499.99 from wahoofitness.com ) - Turn your road or mountain bike into a powerful indoor smart trainer with the Wahoo KICKR SNAP. The SNAP uses your smartphone, tablet or computer to control resistance and provide an accurate power measurement so you can monitor and adjust your intensity. It also works with most smart training apps including Zwift (see number 6 on this list).
9. See.Sense ICON + lights (starting from £64.99 from See.Sense ) - Seriously bright without dazzling others, the See.Sense ICON + lights set keeps you visible with 250 lumens in the rear and 420 in the front. Using cutting edge technology, it is the only bike light in the world that reacts to your situation on the road, flashing brighter and faster at busy junctions and when approach car headlights. Using the optional smartphone connection, ICON will also tell your loved ones if you have had a crash, and alert you if someone tries to steal your bike.
10. ‘Triumphs and Turbulence’ - Chris Boardman autobiography (£20 from Waterstones ) - This is a wonderful portrait of Olympic champion Chris Boardman, the much-loved cyclist, businessman, campaigner, bike designer and commentator. Boardman delves into the highs he enjoyed and the lows he endured during his cycling career, and how it impacted on his life - and his marriage. An insightful read that will be a great stocking filler this Christmas.
11. Crank Brothers Pica Mini tool (£43 from AlwaysRiding ) - A cyclist should never head out on their bike without a tool like this on their possession. It is the go-to device to help you in case a repair or adjustment is needed when on the road. The Crank Brothers Pica Mini tool features the common allen keys, Torx heads, a chain tool and a Phillips screwdriver. This tool could prove the difference between a cyclist making it home or having to walk it.
12. Lucho Classic Dillitos Bocadillo 10-pack (£14.99 from Lucho Dillitos ) - You might be wondering why we have bocadillos included in a cycling Christmas gift list. Well, Lucho Dillitos pride their bocadillos on being a natural, tasty alternative to modern sports nutrition. They are Colombia’s original energy bar, and there is history behind its success. For generations Colombian cyclists have been storing one or two bocadillo into their jersey pockets before heading out on a ride. They are solid blocks of wonderful guava paste that are dry to the touch but melt in your mouth. They are made from just two natural ingredients - there are no added flavourings, additives, or preservatives. The main ingredient is guava, a super-fruit and packed with vitamins and minerals.
13. Henty Wingman Messenger (£135 from www.henty.cc ) - The Henty Wingman Messenger is the perfect Christmas gift for the commuting cyclist in your life. It is a multi-purpose suit and garment bag that can endure all weather when travelling. You can easily transport your business suits, dresses and shirts while also carrying your laptop and other gadgets.The Wingman is more than just a travel bag. It’s a true multi-tasker that can cope with all your commuting demands. You can take it to work or on a plane.
14. XTools Bike Tool Kit (£34.99 from Chain Reaction Cycles ) - This is a thorough tool kit for any cyclist. The 27-piece box has everything you need to keep your bike in pristine condition. Whether it is for some basic tuning up, or maybe you want to give your bike a service, this is the tool kit for you. It is lightweight, easy to carry and boasts the necessary tools to help maintain your bicycle. Included in the kit is a puncture repair kit, a chain rivet extractor compatible with Mtb/road chains and some single speeds, a crank puller tool, a socket wrench and a cassette remover tool.
15. Rouleur Magazine Subscription (£36 for 6 months or £78 annually from Rouleur ) - Rouleur is the acclaimed and highly collectible cycling magazine. It combines stunning imagery with superb storytelling that captures the hearts and minds of its readers. It conveys the passion of cycling in every issue, making it a popular choice for any discerning cyclist.
16. Sealskinz Oversock (£38 from www.velovixen.com ) - This would be a nice gift idea for the woman cyclist. You will be looking pretty (and warm, and dry, and comfortable) in pink with these Sealskinz Oversocks. The sock is a lightweight cover for your cycling shoes, and is made using StretchDry technology. They are 100 per cent waterproof and will act like a shield against the wind. The high-stretch material allows you to adjust the sock over your shoe. They are also ideal for commuting with their reflective branding.